Updating brass lamps
One of my favorite new clients and her husband just bought a large 1970’s home with TONS of potential.
The architecture and floorplan of the home is amazing, but because it was built in the 1970s, there are a few quirky things we are going to have to work on.
First I headed to Walmart for my light bulbs and spray paint. We shortened the chain and wire when hanging it back up. This is literally a scrap of fabric and some hot glue.
No one is going to be climbing up there to critique your workmanship.
Therefore I had to use a retro trim kit for the actual hardware and splash guard and used a new faucet set for the handle, spout, and showerhead. Let me introduce you to my new best friend: It was nasty, originally brass, but the shellac had come off and it was discolored and peeling.
Maybe it was a Midas complex and it reminded them of gold, but heavens knows the trend did NOT stand the test of time. Since my house was built in 1988 it has it's fair share of brass. There are a couple of options for dealing with brass fixtures and hardware:1)Remove2)Replace3)Repaint4)Cover up In my house I am doing all four..
For example check out this lovely bathroom combination of brass switchplates, faucet, vanity lighting, mirror and medicine cabinet, (plus, of course, lovely golden oak!
)This was really a nightmare because the valve which supports the shower handle would only accept Price Pfister faucets manufactured before 1994. Option 3: Repaint This is the cheapest option (other than remove) and although it isn't as nice as having new fixtures, it is pretty darn close.
All of the hardware in the home – door knobs, hinges, light switches – are currently brass.
And this beautiful chandelier in the dining room has an antique gold finish.